Liverpool v Stoke: Live coverage from Anfield
Liverpool struck four times at Anfield to beat Stoke City 4-1 at Anfield, with Alberto Moreno, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi (2) on the scoresheet.
Goodnight from Anfield...
That wasn't a bad day's work, was it?
We're just about done at Anfield, thanks to all of you who have followed our blog throughout the day. We will, of course, be back on Thursday morning to build up to what promises to be a night to remember against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.
See you then.
Goals, highlights, interviews and more...
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The thoughts of the boss...
We've just published Jürgen Klopp's post-match press conference on the site. He's full of praise for the performances of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Alberto Moreno to name but three of his players.
Borussia Dortmund made eight changes to their line-up as they played out a 2-2 draw with local rivals Schalke at the Veltins Arena today ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash at Anfield.
Click here to read our summary on events in Germany today.
To read what Liverpoolfc.com scribe David Lynch thought of today's contest, click here to view his full-time match report.
A satisfying afternoon's work for the Reds, who take all three points thanks to first-half goals from Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, plus Divock Origi's double after the break. Bojan headed in what proved to be a consolation for the Potters. Job done.
Two minutes of stoppage-time to be played.
Adam Lallana is afforded space in a central area and the Kop urges him to shoot, and he does - but the blast takes a deflection and loops away.
Last sub by the visitors - Marc Muniesa is on for Erik Pieters.
Final switch for the Reds as Lucas Leiva returns from injury in place of Joe Allen.
Changes for Stoke - Mame Biram Diouf and Joselu replace Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan.
The Kop is singing his name again... Divock Origi makes up for that earlier miss by gliding inside from the left touchline and curling an unexpected finish through a pack of bodies and into the far bottom corner.
GOAL!! Divock Origi!!
Second change by the boss - Adam Lallana replaces Roberto Firmino.
Divock Origi should really have a second. Sublime footwork by Daniel Sturridge tees up Alberto Moreno to whip yet another cross into the middle, but the in-form Belgian diverts wide to the right.
Now Roberto Firmino forces Jakob Haugaard into a reaction stop at his near post, having skipped around his marker and let fly from a narrowing angle. Unlucky.
Stoke remain a threat and an inventive set-piece routine gives Geoff Cameron a chance to flick a reverse header on target, but Simon Mignolet is equal to it with an impressive save.
Almost a freak fourth goal for Liverpool after Roberto Firmino charged down Erik Pieters and sent his attempted clearance towards the net - but just over.
That didn't take long! Divock Origi scores for the second time in three days, taking advantage of James Milner's delivery into the six-yard box to firmly head home and spark a tribute from the Kop. 3-1.
GOAL!! Divock Origi!!
And there has been a change for Liverpool - Divock Origi is on for Sheyi Ojo.
The action resumes at Anfield, with the hosts kicking off the second half.
Here are the stats of the game so far...
We have reached the interval - what an action-packed half. Goals from Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge have given the home side an advantage, with Bojan on target for the Potters.
One minute added on at the end of this first half.
Stoke trouble the Reds with another free-kick whipped in from the left touchline but this time Ryan Shawcross is inches wide with the header.
Now Daniel Sturridge has his goal, with a straightforward header from yards out after Sheyi Ojo had brilliantly dribbled into space along the left and crossed into the box. Lovely stuff.
GOAL!! Daniel Sturridge!!
The Reds move up to the other end and work room for Daniel Sturridge to strike goalwards and he's close with a rifled effort from 20 yards that is just wide.
There is no let-up in the tempo here and now former Reds striker Peter Crouch nods the ball into the back of the net, only to be denied by the linesman's flag. Replays show the big man was just offside.
Erik Pieters goes into the book for a poor challenge on Sheyi Ojo.
The Potters strike back through Bojan, who is left unmarked inside the box to meet Xherdan Shaqiri's delivery from the left with a glancing header past Simon Mignolet.
Reminder that you can use our Opta chalkboard to take a closer look at how the match is unfolding...
An ideal start for the Reds as Alberto Moreno controls a short free-kick from the left flank, looks up and picks the far corner from the edge of the box with a fierce, dipping shot. Get in!
GOAL!! Alberto Moreno!
First shot of the encounter comes from Bojan, who lines up an ambitious one from 25 yards that swerves off target to the right.
Sheyi Ojo has started the game to the right of the attack, with Roberto Firmino left of centre behind Daniel Sturridge.
And here we go, the visitors get the game underway. Come on, Reds!
The two teams are emerging from the tunnel and we're just minutes away from kick-off at Anfield. It's a perfect afternoon for football too, with just a touch of wind.
Behind closed dooors...
Here's a quick glimpse inside the LFC dressing room this afternoon.
The Reds are here...
It's a debut start for 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo, who has previously made four appearances from the bench this season.
James Milner captains the Reds in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson.
Team news: Starts for Ojo and Stewart
The manager has made seven changes to his line-up this afternoon. Confirmed 18 below…
Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Skrtel, Moreno, Stewart, Allen, Milner, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge.
Substitutes: Ward, Lovren, Smith, Lucas, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi.
Jürgen Klopp writing in his programme notes today: “Stoke play exciting, attacking football now, but also have a mentality of battling for every minute and not allowing the opponent any freedom. In many ways this is one of the toughest games we could have had so soon after the Thursday evening in Germany. But it is absolutely not allowed to have any excuses today.”
The sun is shining...
Here's the current scene inside Anfield. Looking good.
Today's matchday programme cover...
Pre-match stats - and more here
- The Reds have never lost to Stoke at home in the top flight, winning 41 and drawing 11 of the 52 games played at Anfield.
- Stoke have scored more than once in a game at Anfield in only one of the last 25 league visits. They hit three in April 1976 but still lost 5-3.
- The Potters are unbeaten in their last three away matches, drawing 1-1 at Chelsea in between victories at Bournemouth and Watford.
'We need each voice at Anfield'
The boss was keen to stress the important role the fans can play today...
"It will be a big fight, for sure. For this fight, we need each voice at Anfield. Hopefully we can create a big atmosphere because it will be really, really necessary."
Happy birthday, Cally
Liverpool's all-time record appearance holder, Ian Callaghan, celebrates his 74th birthday today. Here's hoping the Reds can give the man who played 857 games for the club the gift of three points.
Speaking of that previous league meeting - a 1-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium for the Reds on the opening weekend of the season - take a look at the stats from the game now...
Exclusive chat with Coutinho
The little magician was a goalscorer in the last league meeting between the sides and as they prepare for a fourth clash in all competitions this season, the No.10 explains why there's plenty for the Reds still to play for in our interview here.
The manager has a decision to make in midfield this afternoon, given the injury to Jordan Henderson and two-game league suspension being served by Emre Can.
And he confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart are back in contention after clocking up minutes in a behind-closed-doors game on Friday.
It's a reasonably bright start to the day on Merseyside and forecasts suggest a high of 12 degrees by the time the match kicks off. Great stuff.
Good morning all - ready for another game?
You never have to wait long for one this season and it's a clash with Stoke City at Anfield today for Liverpool, with the action set to get underway at 4pm BST.
Before updating you on the match as it happens, we'll have all of the build-up, team news, social media comment, pictures and more - so stay right here.